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Element

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American, International, Contemporary, Bistro
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206 South Royal Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630
540-636-9293
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Description: The endless creativity of Chef-Owners David and Stacy Gedney has produced...
The endless creativity of Chef-Owners David and Stacy Gedney has produced an excellent bistro alternative to the commitment of fine dining restaurants and to the ennui of the countless chain restaurants. Element offers a variety of sapid dishes for lunch and dinner in a relaxed and modern atmosphere, augmented by a full bar, beers on draft and an elegant wine list. We adjust the menu regularly to keep our ingredients fresh and our choices interesting.
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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 65
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good Sandwich

Not many menu choices. I probably won't go back because of the very tight seating. Uncomfortable. The sandwich and soup were very good

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
abbey98
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Front Royal, Virginia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dessert
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103 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Front Royal, Virginia
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Not many menu choices. I probably won't go back because of the very tight seating. Uncomfortable. The sandwich and soup were very good

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Linden
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

Have eaten here a number of times - whenever in the area. Consistently good lunches. Upstairs is Apartment 2g which serves great dinners. Family owned and run. No chain food available :)

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Markham, Virginia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

A more modern menu than many places out here in the country. The food and service are always good and reasonably priced.

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Bentonville, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We celebrated New Year's at Element, our go-to restaurant for creative, exquisitely-prepared food, and as usual, chefs David and Stacy Gedney didn't disappoint! The 7-course, prix-fixe meal included foie gras with bacon and apples, seared sea scallops, mushroom-stuffed quail with truffle butter, an orange-tequila-jalapeno sorbet, lobster (claw and tail) with "seriously small oranges" (a.k.a. kumquats), crusty butter-poached beef loin, and... More 

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VA
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Great place to eat - very good by any standard. Its a small place with a limited menu but the quality and service are very good. You will be happy

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Front Royal, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is one of my favorite places for lunch. There aren't many quaint places nearby for lunch. Element has a decent wine list and a wine shop to browse in while you wait on lunch. The tomato dill soup is scrumptous and I love the variety of sandwiches. I'm not a big fan of chicken or turkey so it's nice... More 

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Reston, Virginia
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We stopped in for a late Saturday lunch. Menu is limited to sandwiches, but both the turkey and the warm spinach with cream cheese were finger-licking tasty! Friendly staff, quick service, and delicious food. Just what we hoped for and Element delivered perfectly.

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Washington, DC
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Element is a small restaurant in a re-purposed house on the main drag. It's quite small; I'd guess seating about 25 people, max. The menu is small, but the food well-prepared. The server is one of those people who can accurately remember what everybody ordered - I'm always impressed by that skill. Service was fast. They have a full bar,... More 

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pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The food was average. The drinks were good. The service nice, though the kitchen was a little slow serving 10. The kids can have cheese quesadillas. The space for10 is great, intimate, like being at your own dining table

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North Carolina
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Stopped in for Sunday lunch with sweet husband just before getting on Skyline Drive. Very small dining area in the front but we sat at the window for people watching. The staff were all attentive and very friendly. I had the tasty huevos carnitas and my husband loved the crab Chesapeake dish he had.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 206 South Royal Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Front Royal
  • Phone Number: 540-636-9293

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, International, Contemporary, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

The endless creativity of Chef-Owners David and Stacy Gedney has produced an excellent bistro alternative to the commitment of fine dining restaurants and to the ennui of the countless chain restaurants. Element offers a variety of sapid dishes for lunch and dinner in a relaxed and modern atmosphere, augmented by a full bar, beers on draft and an elegant wine list. We adjust the menu regularly to keep our ingredients fresh and our choices interesting.

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